A Horse Walks Into A Bar Wins 2017 Man Booker International Prize.

by |June 15, 2017

The Man Booker International Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious awards for translated fiction, has announced David Grossman as its 2017 winner for A Horse Walks into a Bar.

“David Grossman has attempted an ambitious high-wire act of a novel, and he’s pulled it off spectacularly,” said the chair of judges and director of the Edinburgh international book festival Nick Barley. “A Horse Walks into a Bar shines a spotlight on the effects of grief, without any hint of sentimentality. The central character is challenging and flawed, but completely compelling. We were bowled over by Grossman’s willingness to take emotional as well as stylistic risks: every sentence counts, every word matters in this supreme example of the writer’s craft.”

Each shortlisted author and translator will receive £1,000. As the winner, Grossman will receive the £50,000 prize money which will be split between himself and his book’s translator.

Last year’s winner was Han Kang’s The Vegetarian, which was translated from Korean by Deborah Smith.


The 2017 Man Booker International Prize Winner


A Horse Walks into a Bar by David GrossmanA Horse Walks into a Bar
by David Grossman

One of the world’s great writers venturing into exciting new territory – a heartbreaking, visceral novel about a stand-up comedian.

The setting is a comedy club in a small Israeli town. An audience that has come expecting an evening of amusement instead sees a comedian falling apart on stage; an act of disintegration, a man crumbling, as a matter of choice, before their eyes. They could get up and leave, or boo and whistle and drive him from the stage, if they were not so drawn to glimpse his personal hell.

Dovale Gee, a veteran stand-up comic – charming, erratic, repellent – exposes a wound he has been living with for years: a fateful and gruesome choice he had to make between the two people who were dearest to him… Learn more.

A Horse Walks into a Barby David Grossman

A Horse Walks into a Bar

by David Grossman

The setting is a comedy club in a small Israeli town. An audience that has come expecting an evening of amusement instead sees a comedian falling apart on stage; an act of disintegration, a man crumbling, as a matter of choice, before their eyes. They could get up and leave, or boo and whistle and drive him from the stage, if they were not so drawn to glimpse his personal hell. Dovale Gee, a veteran stand-up comic – charming, erratic, repellent – exposes a wound he has been living with for years: a fateful and gruesome choice he had to make between the two people who were dearest to him...

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